ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now)
ACORN Canada is an independent national organization of more than 70,000 low- and moderate-income families focusing on social and economic justice.
ACTO (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario)
ACTO works for the advancement of human rights and justice in housing for low-income Ontarians through test case litigation, law reform, community organizing, training and education.
Tenant Duty Counsel Program
The Tenant Duty Counsel Program provides information and limited legal assistance to tenants appearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Tenant Duty Counsel are available on a walk-in basis at any Landlord and Tenant Board location when hearings are scheduled. Tenant Duty Counsel do not schedule appointments. Tenant Duty Counsel prioritize tenants with same-day hearings and do not see tenants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Community Legal Aid Clinics
Funded by Legal Aid Ontario, community legal clinics employ lawyers, legal workers, paralegals and administrative staff to provide information, legal advice and representation.
To find the legal clinic that handles your community go to
Speciality Legal Aid Clinics
Specialty legal aid clinics represent specific individuals (e.g., seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS), deal with specific areas of law, and service clients throughout Ontario. Some clinics also specialize in areas of law for low-income clients who are marginalized for other reasons. These clinics are resources for other clinics, private bar lawyers, MPPs and community agencies.
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Student Legal Aid Services Societies
Student Legal Aid Services Societies (SLASS), funded by Legal Aid Ontario, operate out of Ontario’s seven law schools. With the supervision of full time lawyers, volunteer law students provide legal advice and represent clients in cases such as minor crimes, landlord and tenant, immigration, and tribunals, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
CLEO develops clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. The work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language.
As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario's legal aid system, they work in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.
Federation of Metro Tenants' Association
The Tenant Hotline is a free telephone counseling service for tenants in Toronto. Hotline Counsellors offer information about tenants' rights to any tenant who calls.
Tel: 416-921-9494 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations website at www.torontotenants.org